EUTELSAT 172B satellite soars into space

The EUTELSAT 172B satellite of Eutelsat Communications was successfully launched into space tonight by an Ariane 5 rocket. The first telemetry data has been received from the 3.5 tonne satellite and preparations are now ongoing for solar array deployment on 3 June and deployment 22 hours later of robotic arms holding the satellite’s electric propulsion… Read More »

Eutelsat signs new launch contract with Arianespace

After the launch of the EUTELSAT 172B satellite, Eutelsat Communications has announces a new launch services contract with Arianespace. The Arianespace order book now includes three future launches for Eutelsat in addition to the 32 Eutelsat satellites already launched by the European launch services provider over more than 30 years for one of the world’s… Read More »

Burkina Faso selects Eutelsat to accelerate nationwide roll-out of digital television

Eutelsat Communications has announced a multi-year agreement for satellite capacity with Société burkinabè de télédiffusion (SBT), the public agency deploying DTT channels across Burkina Faso. Announced at Discop Abidjan, the new contract is a major step in the drive to accelerate analogue switch-off in Burkina Faso. Capacity leased on EUTELSAT 3B is already delivering approximately… Read More »

Cobham Unveils First SAILOR Terminal for Iridium Certus

Cobham SATCOM has unveiled its first Iridium Certus Connected terminal at Nor-Shipping 2017, the SAILOR 4300. Due to go live in the first half of 2018, Iridium Certus is a new portfolio of global satellite services powered by Iridium NEXT, a ground-breaking second-generation L-band global satellite constellation established to deliver an uncompromising solution for the… Read More »

SES Networks and Patrakom Enhance Connectivity in Indonesian Waters

SES, a leading provider of telecommunications and network solutions in Indonesia, has announced a partnership to provide seamless, high-speed connectivity to passenger vessels and oil barges traversing domestic routes in Indonesia. As part of a multi-year agreement, SES Networks and Patrakom will be providing connectivity for over 80 vessels via SES-9 located at 108.2 degrees… Read More »

Rascomstar delivers GSM backhaul to Libyana

Rascomstar has recently delivered several satellite links to Libyana, the largest GSM operator in Libya. Due to the absence of terrestrial infrastructure in small cities and due to the lack of reliability of the existing fiber network, Libyana decided to secure its GSM backbone infrastructure through satellite. Rascomstar has therefore installed several GSM backhaul links… Read More »

Arianespace Successfully Orbits Telecom Satellites for Brazil, South Korea

An Ariane 5 rocket carrying two telecommunications satellites for South Korea and Brazil blasted off in a launch which had been delayed since March 20 due to a crippling strike in French Guiana. SGDC is a Brazilian government program created to meet three main objectives: reduce the country’s digital divide by supplying high-quality internet services… Read More »

Intelsat to Provide Intelsat EpicNG Services for Morocco’s INWI

INWI, the fastest-growing mobile operator in Morocco, is expanding into cellular backhaul services and, following the award of a VSAT license by Morocco’s National Agency of Telecommunications Regulation (ANRT), and is also preparing to launch broadband connectivity services. Under the new agreement, INWI will incorporate services from the Intelsat 35e satellite, enabling the mobile operator… Read More »

China successfully launches Tianzhou 1, its first unmanned cargo spacecraft

China has successfully launched its first unmanned cargo spacecraft, taking another great leap towards realising the Communist nation’s ambition to have a permanently manned space station by 2022. Powered by a Long March-7 Y2 carrier rocket, Tianzhou-1 roared into the air from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in the southern Hainan Province. Hours later, officials… Read More »